Anytime you use a knife, you are in danger of getting cut, and no matter how careful you are, it will probably happen someday eventually. That’s why protective clothing is recommended when you’re using knives, especially those that you need to keep very sharp. Of course, protective clothing should not be a replacement for proper knife procedure and knife safety, but it can reduce the chance that a slip will cause a serious injury or even death. Here are some options for protective clothing if you work with knives often.
Padded Clothing: While a sharp knife could easily plunge through padded clothing with enough force, padding may give you some protection if you have a slip of the knife. Your main objective is to prevent a potentially minor injury from becoming a serious one, and so wearing thick, padded clothing when you are using a knife is important. However, you also may want to cover some more vital areas with extra protection like the heavy-duty gear detailed below.
Gloves: Not only do you want gloves that will protect your hands against a cut, you want gloves that are going to allow you to easily grip the knife and prevent accidents that happen when you don’t have hold of the knife properly. Leather gloves can be a good choice for knife use, but they also make gloves of stronger materials like flexible Kevlar.
Eye Protection: Wearing a pair of safety glasses when you are using a knife is probably one of the smartest moves that you can make. Flimsy safety glasses made of soft plastic will help a little, but what you really need are safety glasses with a solid, plastic lens that is going to deflect the blade away from the eye in the case of an accident. However, make sure that you can see completely out of your eye protection as well.
Heavy-Duty Gear For Vital Areas: If you are going to be using a knife a lot, and you are doing a difficult task that makes you more at risk of getting cut or stabbed, you may want to invest in some heavy-duty protective gear like Kevlar to cover your thighs, shins or chest and stomach areas. This stuff can be expensive, but if you happen to stab yourself in the stomach and are wearing Kevlar protection, you will be glad you spent the money. Be aware that bulletproof Kevlar material is not the same as knifeproof Kevlar material.